Nico & Vinz ‘In Your Arms’ – solid US debut
The follow-up to Nico & Vinz massively successful ‘Am I Wrong’, their new single ‘In Your Arms’ has debuted strongly stateside this week. Warner Music reports this week that ‘In Your Arms’ is the most frequently added song on US radio, making the track the best newcomer on the American Top 40. This performance mirrors ‘Am I Wrong’s initial weeks on the US charts, boding well for the new singles future. This week has also seen the successful duo performing live on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Nico & Vinz much anticipated new album ‘Black Star Elephant’ is scheduled for release in Norway on Oct 6th and worldwide on Oct 14th.
MTV Iggy: 13 Artists that Norway Needs To Export Immediately
MTV Iggy has a cool feature this week. After discovering tons of strong local talent at last month’s Øya Festival in Oslo, MTV has come up with a well-though list of 13 acts that they feel deserve wider recognition abroad – a list that we can wholeheartedly support. Listen in and read up HERE.
BBC’s Scandinavian Invasion
This week, BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine presented a 60 minute introduction to some of the fine Scandinavian imports that are making waves in the UK these days, ranging from fashion to food to films, and of course music. Fear not if you didn’t catch the live airing of the show – to hear team Ja Ja Ja talk about their concept, and to find out more about the Scandinavian culture, technology and quirks that are heading to the UK tune in HERE.
Röyksopp’s last album, ever
While we’re waiting for the new Röyksopp album, ‘The Inevitable End’ – set for a November, Svein Berge and Thorbjørn Brundtland have shed some light on how the two foresee their future as recording artists. In an interview with national radio earlier this week, the two declared that their new album will also be their last. Said Berge: We feel that throughout our career we’ve been able to do what we want within the traditional album format. So for our part, this is our last traditional album. We’ll continue making music – we just want to test other formats.
More on Röyksopp’s upcoming album HERE.
Match & Fuse Festival giveaway
The Match&Fuse festival in London is coming up 2. – 4. October – Norway’s Embassy in the UK is giving away two festival passes this week. The festival, taking place across three East London venues, will celebrate the diversity of new music from the UK and Europe – including five strong Norwegian acts. Head over to the Embassy’s Facebook-page to partake in the giveaway.
Garbarek’s final tour with The Hilliard Ensemble
October 2nd marks a milestone for saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek – the date marks the start of his very last tour with the singers of The Hilliard Ensemble who will be retiring at the end of the year. Their final tour starts in Eberbach (DE) on Oct 2nd and comes to a close in Cambridge on Dec 6th.
Full tour details HERE.
New Nordic Playlist
No weekend without it: a new Nordic Playlist, this week from Denmark’s Kasper Bjørke. As his Norwegian favourites, Kasper Bjørke has chosen Todd Terje’s ‘Johnny & Mary’ (feat. Bryan Ferry) and Erlend Øye’s ‘Garota’.
Read the interview at www.nordicplaylist.com right now, and click ‘play’ to discover Kasper’s 10 favourite Nordic tracks via your favourite streaming service!
Tune in to previous Nordic Playlists from the likes of Erlend Øye, GusGus, Icona Pop, The Raveonettes, Teitur, Neneh Cherry, Oh Land, Kaizers Orchestra, Mew, Of Monsters and Men and Ólafur Arnalds by clicking here.